Men's Soccer Opens WCC Play Hosting No. 8 Saint Mary's on Saturday

Team huddle
Team huddle
 
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Santa Clara men's soccer will put their four-match win streak on the line against No. 8-ranked Saint Mary's in the West Coast Conference opener on Saturday at 7 p.m.  The Broncos return to Stevens Stadium after playing the last five on the road where they went 4-1 including shutouts in the last three matches.  Santa Clara has not given up a goal in 721 minutes of action going back to UNLV's first half goal back on Sept. 22.  
 
The Broncos defense which has posted a gaudy 0.587 goals-against-average, good for 11th best in the nation, will be tested against the Gaels with their high-powered offense that's ranked third in the nation averaging three goals per game.  
 
At halftime of the match, the 1989 Santa Clara men's soccer team will be honored, celebrating the 30th anniversary of their National Championship season.   
THE GAELS (9-1)
Featuring the third-ranked offense in the nation averaging three goals per game and a defense that has shut out its opponents seven times this season, Saint Mary's enters Saturday's contest with a  9-1 record.  The lone blemish came at the hands of UC Davis on Sept. 26 which snapped their 31-match unbeaten streak dating back to the 2017 season. 
 
The Gaels have three of the top four scorers in the conference led by Anders Engebretsen with nine goals.  Joseph Restani and Jake Rudel have seven and four goals, respectively, good for second and fourth best marks in the WCC.  Engebretsen also tops the league with seven assists and ranks second in the nation with 2.50 points per game.  
 
Saint Mary's has allowed just one first half goal this season outscoring the opponents 9-1 in the first 45 minutes.  And in the second half, they have a 20-9 advantage in goals.  For the season, the Gaels have outshot the opposition 164 to 78.  
 
Goalkeeper Remi Prieur has a 0.90 goals-against-average and a .750 save percentage while playing every minute.  
 
SERIES HISTORY
Santa Clara leads the series 42-9-6.  The Broncos lost last season's matchup in overtime, 2-1, at Saint Mary's while winning the last match at Stevens Stadium, 4-2, in 2017.  
 

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THE BRONCOS (6-3-1)
 
Through ten matches this season, the Broncos have outscored the opponents 18-6 with 13 players scoring a goal, led by Sam AgostiJulian Bravo, Javier Ruiz Duran, Alan Camacho Soto and Eduardo Lopez Perez with two each.  The starting backline is comprised of three sophomores - Sakari Carter, Emil Christensen and Alejandro Perez - along with a freshman, Liam Anderson or Damani Osei, who have helped hold the opposition to just six goals with freshman goalkeeper Guillem Badenes Mecho starting in all but one match.  
 
Badenes Mecho already has four clean sheets to his credit as defensively, the Broncos have not allowed more than a single goal in any of their matches this season. 
 
The 2019 campaign marks the 18th season at the helm for Santa Clara head coach Cam Rast who leads a squad that returns 23 players including three All-West Coast Conference honorees from a team that finished 5-10-2.  
 
Nineteen of the returners saw action last season with 13 of them appearing in double digit matches to account for 80 percent of its goals and all of its assists.  
 
Junior Javier Ruiz Duran led the team in goals (six) and assists (five) to earn All-WCC Second Team recognition along with senior Miles Robinson who scored four and assisted on three.  Sophomore Eduardo Lopez Perez tallied a pair of goals and was named to the WCC All-Freshman team. 
 
Redshirt junior Henning Jolivet brings the most experience between the woodwork playing in seven matches last season to finish with a 3-3-1 record and a 1.89 goals against average.  
 
NOTES
Live Stream
• All Bronco home matches and West Coast Conference road matches are streamed live on the WCC Network with David Gentile doing the play-by-play for the home matches.
 
Broncos Team Information
• Twenty-three players return from the 2018 squad that finished with an overall record of 5-10-2 (1-5-1 in the West Coast Conference). 
• Nineteen players with playing experience return including 13 who played 10 or more games last season.  
• Broncos welcome five newcomers – four freshmen (Liam Anderson, Connor McCabe, Guillem Badenes Mecho and Damani Osei) plus one graduate student (Hendrik Kuehn).  
• Only one scorer lost to graduation: Andres Jimenez (5 goals).
• Two captains lost to graduation: goalkeeper Dakota Havlick and midfielder Brandon Gillingham.
• Returning goal scorers (2018 stats): Javier Ruiz Duran (6), Miles Robinson (4), Alan Camacho Soto (3), Eduardo Lopez Perez (2), Julian Bravo (1), Alex Achramowicz (1), Sakari Carter (1)  
• Returning goalkeepers (2018 stats): Henning Jolivet (7 GP, 3-3-1, 1.89 GAA, .641 save percentage), Aran O'Brien (Redshirt).
 
Captains
• Junior Javier Ruiz Duran and sophomore Emil Christensen are co-captains for the 2019 edition of the Broncos.  
 
Class Breakdown
• Graduate School: 1 (Hendrik Kuehn)
 
Across the Globe
• The Bronco roster fields a squad composed of player hometowns from eight states and five countries. 
o States: California, Colorado, Nevada, New York, Oregon, Texas, Virginia and Washington
o Countries: Canada, Denmark, Germany, Norway, Spain, United States
 
All-West Coast Conference
• Robinson was named preseason All-WCC this season.  
• A trio of players - Ruiz Duran, Nate Shue and Terrell Smith - were named to the conference All-Freshmen Team in 2017.  
 
United Soccer Coaches All-West Region 
• At the end of last season, Javier Ruiz Duran was named to the United Soccer Coaches All-West Region team.  
 
2019 Exhibition Matches
• Santa Clara lost its exhibition opener 3-2 against UC Davis and played to a 1-1 draw in the second match against Sacramento State.
• Three players scored in the exhibition matches: Javier Ruiz Duran and Presten Manthey against UC Davis and Alejandro Barajas against Sacramento State. 
• Freshman goalkeeper Guillem Badenes Mecho played in 135 of 180 minutes including starting the Sacramento State game.  
 
Season Openers
 With the win against Holy Cross, Broncos head coach Cam Rast is 10-8 including 5-4 at home in season openers.
 
Firsts
 
Goals
 Senior Sam Agosti and sophomore Martin Aasen tallied their first goals as a Bronco in the season opener (Aug. 30) against Holy Cross. 
• Redshirt freshman Presten Manthey and senior Dylan Carrubba scored their first career goals against San Jose State (Sept. 6).
• Junior Terrell Smith scored his first career goal against San Diego State (Sept. 14).
• Graduate student Hendrik Kuehn and sophomore Alejandro Perez each scored their first career goals against UNLV (Sept. 22).  
• Junior Isaac Addai scored his first career goal against Lipscomb (Sept. 27).
• Sophomore Alejandro Barajas scored his first career goal against Evansville (Sept. 29).   
 
Assists
 Senior Dylan Carrubba and redshirt sophomore Alejandro Barajas recorded their first career assists in the season opener (Aug. 30) against Holy Cross. 
 Redshirt sophomore Presten Manthey had his first career assists (two) against San Jose State (Sept. 6).  
 Sophomore Sakari Carter had his first career assist against San Diego State (Sept. 14).
 Sophomore Alejandro Perez recorded his first career assist against Lipscomb (Sept. 27).
 Sophomore Emil Christensen recorded his first career assist against Evansville (Sept. 29).   
 
Starts
 Freshmen Guillem Badenes Mecho and Liam Anderson along with graduate student Hendrik Kuehn started in their Santa Clara debuts against Holy Cross. 
• Redshirt freshman Presten Manthey made his first Bronco start against San Jose State (Sept. 6). 
• Freshman Damani Osei made his first Bronco start against Utah Valley (Sept. 19). 
 
Bronco Debuts
 Redshirt sophomore Tennyson Stevens and redshirt freshman Bishop Washington made their Bronco debuts coming off the bench in the season opener. 
• Freshman Damani Osei made his Bronco debut coming off the bench against Missouri State (Sept. 2).
 
Shutous
• Badenes Mecho recorded his first career shutout against Holy Cross (Aug. 30).  He was also credited with shutouts in back-to-back-to-back matches against Lipscomb (Sept. 27), Evansville (Sept. 29) and CSUN (Oct. 5).  
 
Starting XI
 Seven Broncos have started in all matches this season: #5 Emil Christensen, #10 Javier Ruiz Duran, #11 Alejandro Barajas, #13 Sakari Carter, #20 Eduardo Lopez Perez, #28 Alejandro Perez, #32 Hendrik Kuehn
 Alex Achramowicz started in the first two matches (vs. Holy Cross on Aug. 30 and Missouri State on Sept. 2).
 Alan Camacho Soto started against Holy Cross on Aug. 30, Missouri State on Sept. 2 and San Diego State on Sept. 14. 
• Nate Shue started against San Jose State (Sept. 6), Grand Canyon (Sept. 8) and San Diego State (Sept. 14).  
 Presten Manthey started against San Jose State (Sept. 6) and Grand Canyon (Sept. 8).
 Dylan Carrubba, Henning Jolivet and Damani Osei started for the first time this season against Utah Valley (Sept. 19).  
 
Spreading the Wealth
 Thirteen Broncos have scored a goal this season led by Sam Agosti, Julian Bravo, Javier Ruiz DuranAlan Camacho Soto and Eduardo Lopez Perez with two each.  The Broncos have scored a total of 18 goals on the season.    
 Five different Bronco has scored a game-winner: Julian Bravo vs Holy Cross (Aug. 30), Hendrik Kuehn vs UNLV (Sept. 22), Alan Camacho Soto vs Lipscomb (Sept. 27), Eduardo Lopez Perez vs Evansville (Sept. 29) and Javier Ruiz Duran with two against San Jose State (Sept. 6) & CSUN (Oct. 5).   
 Nine Broncos have assists led by Alejandro Barajas with four.    
 
Steady D
 Santa Clara has not allowed more than a goal in any of the matches this season.  After the opening day shutout against Holy Cross, the Broncos allowed one goal in each of the subsequent six matches followed by back-to-back-back shutouts.
 The last time the Broncos posted shutouts in three-straight matches was back in 2012 when they shut out NJIT (Sept. 21), San Diego (Sept. 28) and LMU (Sept. 30).  
 
National Ranking
 Goalkeeper Guillem Badenes Mecho is ranked 11th in the country (and first in the WCC) in goals-against-average with 0.47.  The freshman has four clean sheets on the season and has given up only four goals in nine matches spanning 769 minutes of action.  
 
Home, then away
 Santa Clara started its season with a five-match homestand, followed by five straight matches on the road before starting West Coast Conference play at home on Oct. 12.
 The team finished with a 2-2-1 record in the homestand and 4-1 on the road trip.  
 
Two Goals Equal a Win
 In all six wins this season, the Broncos have scored two or more goals.  
 
Close Margins
 All three Bronco losses this season have been by a score of 1-0, falling to Missouri State (Sept. 2), Grand Canyon (Sept. 8) and Utah Valley (Sept. 19).  
 
TICKETS
Alumni are being offered special pricing (with presentation of Grand Reunion Lanyard) at $5 per ticket. The offer is only available at the Stevens Stadium ticket window and Sullivan Aquatic Center ticket table.

Season or single-match tickets are available. Click here to purchase online or contact the ticket office weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. at (408) 554-4660 or BroncoTickets@scu.edu. Group discounts are also available through our ticket office sales and service consultants. Gates to Stevens Stadium, as well as its ticket office, are open one hour prior to the start of the match.  Prices subject to change.  
 
MATCH PROMOTION
PARKING
For weekday matches, the Leavey Center lot (see below for access), located on Accolti Way off El Camino Real, is free beginning one hour prior to kickoff. Any other parking facility on campus will be subject to normal daily rates or restrictions, including the main structure, located adjacent to Stevens Stadium on Palm Drive. During the weekend, campus parking facilities are free (except for permit required locations). Click here for a campus map and parking restrictions. 

The construction of the Stephen C. and Patricia A. Schott Athletic Excellence Center has necessitated the closure of the main entrance (off Accolti Way) to the Leavey Center parking lot. Access is now ONLY directly from El Camino Real (Route 82). If you are traveling east on El Camino Real, the Leavey lot entrance will be approximately 150 yards on the right (enter through the black iron gate) after you pass the main campus entrance. If you are traveling west on El Camino, make a u-turn at the main campus entrance at Palm Drive/Railroad Ave and follow the same directions.

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